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August 2017 | NCI E-Newsletter

Important Announcements

Learn About NCI’s Latest Progress

Over the past year, NCI has made significant progress in each of its four communities, helping to further lay the groundwork for the successful redevelopments.  Click below to learn more about what progress NCI has made in regards to development and human capital in each neighborhood.

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Ward 8 Works Continues

Ward 8 Works is a partnership between NCI and more than 30 public and private partners designed to connect Ward 8 residents to construction jobs. Ward 8 Works hosted its second event on August 11, 2017 for the almost 200 Ward 8 residents who are working to become job-ready for upcoming construction jobs on Ward 8 development projects. For more information, you can email Angie Rodgers at

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Residents Encouraged to Update Contact Information

As development activity in NCI neighborhoods heats up, we want to make sure we always have up-to-date contact information for every resident with a right to return. Take our short survey below to make sure we know the best way to keep in touch.

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Featured News

DMPED Presents on NCI Development Pipeline


On June 28thOffice of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) presented to the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) Board about the subsidies needed to support NCI’s full development pipeline. A 2014 policy report recommended that NCI develop more realistic timelines and cost projections for its full pipeline. NCI began working on this in 2015, and recently completed its projections. The presentation in June outlined NCI’s full development pipeline (including what it will take to do full “build first” models in two of the four neighborhoods), total needed gap subsidies, and the impact of using more viable rent subsidies like vouchers on the gap amount.

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Upcoming Events 

5201 Hayes St Development Update, Lease-Up Process Meeting | 8.15.17
Riverside Center, 5200 Foote Street, NE | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) will host a meeting for residents of Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings on the 5201 Hayes Street project. The meeting will include a construction progress update, initial information around the lease-up process, and an introduction to the Pennrose Property Management team. Click here to view the flyer for the event.


Park Morton Pop-Up Picnics | Wednesdays in August (August 16, 23, 30)
The Circle at Park Morton | 3:00PM
Join NCI for refreshments and conversation during our weekly Pop-Up Picnics where we'll be talking with residents and answering any questions you may have. 

Lincoln Heights Pop-Up Picnics | Thursdays in August (August 17, 24, 31)
Lower Hill at Lincoln Heights | 4:00PM
Join NCI for refreshments and conversation during our weekly Pop-Up Picnics where we'll be talking with residents and answering any questions you may have. 

Juicebar Thursday REMIX | 8.24.17
Riverside Center, 5200 Foote Street, NE | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Join us for another discussion on the changes coming to the neighborhood, and how those changes can benefit all residents. Click here to view the flyer for the event.

Barry Farm Day / Back to School Event | 8.26.17
Barry Farm Neighborhood | Time TBD
Save the date for Barry Farm Day! The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and the Barry Farm Resident Council is bringing food, fun, and games to the neighborhood!


SAVE THE DATE! Northwest One Homecoming Day | 9.16.17
RH Terrell Recreation Center, 155 L Street, NW | 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Catch up with new and old friends and family from Northwest One and enjoy summer games, activities and family fun!


Park & Morton Block Party | 9.23.17
700 Block of Morton Street | 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Save the date for our Park & Morton Block Party! In collaboration with Georgia Avenue Thrive, NCI is bringing food, fun, and games to the neighborhood!

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    Neighborhood Spotlight


    Northwest One: 2M Street


    In 2014, NCI delivered a 314-unit building, aptly named “2M” for the address where the building sits (2 M Street, NE). NCI partnered with developers WC Smith and the Warrenton Group on the building which contained 59 replacement units and 34 additional affordable units. 2M is unique in the NCI portfolio in many ways, but, notably, 2M has designed its multi-family building to include large size units for families. Set into the ground floor of the building facing M Street NE are nine, 4-bedroom townhouse-style units.  All are public housing replacement units.  They all have private doors and steps that open directly onto the street, but also have doors that allow residents to enter/exit through the apartment building’s main lobby. Because mixed-income redevelopments through NCI often involve transforming some of the old garden-style townhouse units (typical of many public housing developments constructed in the 1940s and 1950s) into multifamily developments, it is extremely important to incorporate design practices that allow us to also deliver the large units that many families need. NCI will continue to look into these and other design advancements that allow us to efficiently deliver multi-family developments that also make room for growing families.

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